Government

New Melle Board of Aldermen Highlights May 14, 2019

The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider and Don Hendrich, plus the city attorney, city engineer, and city clerk. There were also several people in the audience.

After the pledge of Allegiance, Mayor West presented, on behalf of State Rep. Bryan Spencer, a Senior Service Award to Alderman Don Hendrich. Hendrich was one of six recipients from the 63rd legislative district (and about 70 statewide) to receive the award, which recognizes senior citizens for their service in the community. Hendrich has served the City of New Melle for several years as an alderman and mayor. Hendrich also delivers Meals on Wheels and is active in his church – St. John’s UCC-Foristell/Cappeln. West thanked Hendrich for his service to the community, saying he is someone who is always there when needed, and asks for nothing back in return. West said, “On behalf of the Lt. Governor and Rep. Bryan Spencer, I’m happy to present this award to you. Thank you for your service.”

In Open Forum:

A new resident, Trevor Goodman, said he would like to get involved in the community and may be interested in serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission or Board of Adjustment. Another resident, Julie Lassiter, volunteered to serve on the Board of Adjustment. Both residents were asked to fill out applications for the positions, for consideration and appointment at a later date.

The Board of Adjustment meeting and public hearing set for May 15 had to be cancelled due to lack of a quorum. At least 4 members must be present, and only 2 people were available. It is hoped the hearing can be rescheduled for early June. Anyone interested in serving on either the P&Z Commission or Board of Adjustment is asked to contact City Hall as soon as possible so both boards can be appropriately staffed so that one person’s absence does not disrupt business that needs to be conducted.

Also in open forum, it was mentioned that NMSR has asked the city to help fund traffic control during the New Melle Festival parade. The request will be put on the next meeting’s agenda.

Mayor West mentioned that all mayors from St. Charles County and some county officials visited Jefferson City on May 12th to lobby lawmakers to pass the GM tax incentive package, which will facilitate a major expansion at the Wentzville plant. That measure did in fact get approved late on May 14th in Jefferson City.

Engineering Report:

The estimated cost to place a sidewalk in front of New Melle Sports and Rec, on the east side of Route Z, was bumped up from $39,000 to $52,000 to address a drainage issue that was not included in the original estimate. The board voted to put the project out to bid.

Sycamore Creek Street Repair – During final measurements for the bid package, it was discovered that some additional slabs needed replacing, raising the estimated cost approximately $16,000. The board voted to include those additional slab replacements in the upcoming bid request.

Old Business:

1.       City vs. Sullivan lawsuit: There is a meeting scheduled for May 24th to try to set a court date.

2.       Mayor West presented a design for new entrance signs to the city to be placed on Hwy. Z and Hwy. D. The sign will be similar in size and shape to the sign that is in the wedge at Hwys. D and Z. A different, more readable font was suggested for the words “New Melle”, while still keeping a “German” feel. The matter was postponed pending new design proofs.

3.       Quarry Wine Garden – The city has been waiting for several months for a revised site plan for the extended parking lot that addresses water retention/drainage. The business has also not paid their 2019 business license renewal. Attorney Martin will draft a letter to the business.

4.       Mayor West is in discussions with the City of Wentzville to allow New Melle to hold Municipal Court in Wentzville. Those talks are ongoing.

5.       Trail from the Park at New Melle Lakes into New Melle. Mayor West has been talking to people in the community. The topic has also been part of the city’s land use plan discussions related to updating the City’s Comprehensive plan. People seem to like the idea, but no one has offered to give access through their property.

6.       St. Charles County Contract Updates. St. Charles County is in the process of standardizing contracts for services that it provides to municipalities across the county, such as building inspections, code enforcement, etc. A new update was provided for the aldermen to review. No action was taken.

7.       Land Use Restrictions – Regarding regulations for Cannabis growing/manufacturing, Mayor West said the state of Missouri and larger cities are working through regulations, and New Melle will adopt an ordinance once those processes are complete.

8.       Procedures for failure to obtain a business license. Mayor West has proposed the city update its ordinance to be more specific regarding business license issuance and renewal procedures. It was suggested the city inquire as to what procedures are used by St. Charles County. The matter was tabled for further review.

New Business:

1.       Bid for Lawn Services: Two local companies submitted bids for lawn mowing services for the City of New Melle: The Greenwood Group-Hwy. Z, New Melle ($8380/year), and American Grassland-Hickory Hill Court, Foristell ($7320/year.) After reviewing the bids for consistency of services to be provided, the board voted to accept the lower bid. The contract is for 1 year, but renewable for 2 additional years at the same rate.

2.       Jeremy Towles from Landmark Dividend, a lease purchase company, has approached the mayor regarding the possibility of purchasing the city’s cell tower lease for a lump sum payment. The mayor had asked him to come and speak with the board as a whole. He was asked to put together a proposal in writing that the board and city attorney could review.

3.       Chris Sanders of Powder Monkey Fireworks spoke to the board about putting a fireworks tent in New Melle again this year, as they did two years ago. He said he now does online presales, which helps drive traffic to his specific tent locations once they are set up in late June. Sanders asked for dates of operation from June 24th through July 8th; and a possible public demonstration of new products on June 16th at 8:30 p.m. Sanders completed an application at the meeting and it will be considered at the next Board of Aldermen meeting.

4.       Aldermen Nik Bradley, elected to another term in the April election, was sworn in by the City Clerk. The oath will be administered to Alderwoman Karrenbrock at a later date.

5.       Parking at Dollar General. Some people who attended the New Melle Easter Egg Hunt in April parked in the Dollar General Parking lot, leaving no available spaces for customers. The public is reminded to please be courteous of all local businesses and not hinder or block customer parking when special events are happening in the community.

6.       A proposal to provide a machine and programing to scan city documents for archiving was reviewed, but deemed unnecessary and too expensive for a city the size of New Melle.

7.       Vacancies on city boards: More people are needed to fill seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets monthly and is responsible for developing and reviewing plans for the physical development of the municipality. The Board of Adjustment meets as needed, which is typically rarely, to consider requests for variances related to land uses that do not comply with stated codes; or to consider appeals to zoning or land use decisions made by the other boards. Anyone interested should contact the City Clerk for more information, 636-828-4807.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the New Melle Board of Aldermen should be June 11, however, a special meeting may be scheduled sooner to appoint Board of Adjustment members so that a public hearing on a variance request can proceed in a more timely manner. Watch for more information to follow. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted at City Hall, at the New Melle Post Office, on the city’s website, www.CityofNewMelle.org, and typically at www.boonecountryconnection.com. A copy of the city’s ordinances are also posted on the city’s website, along with permit applications and other information.